Art Inspired


Airdate: November 29, 2017

Suzanne Fetscher creates spaces for artists to change the world. For 18 years, she served as the president and CEO of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, a contemporary art and artist-in-residency center, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Previously she served as Executive Director of the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Suzanne served three terms as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Artists' Communities, on the International Advisory Board of Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan, and on The Advisory Board and as Treasurer of Res Artis, the international consortium of artists-in-residence programs. She spent several post-graduate years teaching design and drawing, serving as adjunct instructor at Rollins College and at University of Central Florida, and as a full-time visiting instructor at Stetson University. She earned a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Central Florida and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Florida.

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in arts administration and a story of arriving full circle in life. 


  • Suzanne talks about her transition into retirement and her emotions leaving the McColl Center for Art + Innovation.

  • She describes the mission and work of the McColl Center and what distinguishes it from other residency programs.

  • Suzanne shares what she is most proud of during her tenure at the McColl Center and what innovation has to do with it.

  • She talks about what is happening at art institutions and in arts administration today.

  • She shares where she grew up, where she went to college, and the person she met as a coed who changed her life.

  • She explains what she looks for when she looks at art and what makes art good.

  • She tells a story about community engagement as artistic expression.

  • Suzanne shares what the arts mean to her and what's next.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Fragments of Memory

To Learn More About Suzanne


  • What struck you about Suzanne's comments?

  • How is community engagement art?

  • What do you look for when you look at art?

  • How are you open to what's next?

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts.